Eventbrite - New Year's Eve Midnight Harbor Fireworks and Public Programs

Over a dozen businesses and cultural institutions from Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods have come together to bring you New Year’s Eve on the Waterfront 2018. Together we are pulling out all the stops to make the winter season a warm, fun and memorable one. As a non-profit led initiative,  this celebration is a culmination of five successful years of free and low-cost waterfront programming for residents and visitors across Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods.

This New Year’s Eve, Boston Harbor Now is organizing several festive events across the waterfront to ring in the new year: Follow the interactive ice sculpture stroll to over a dozen sites and other activities from 1pm – 4pm on December 31, 2017, count down to the new years with the return of New Year’s Eve Midnight Harbor Fireworks, and then start your new year off right with the annual First Day Hike. Happy Holidays!

NYE 2018 Boston Harbor Fireworks Release

Ice Sculpture Stroll

Wind your way down the waterfront through the trail of interactive ice sculptures this New Year’s Eve. Come see some of your seasonal favorites and some new designs hosted by Boston’s waterfront properties:

  • Fanueil Hall
  • New England Aquarium
  • Boston Harbor Hotel
  • Envoy
  • InterContinental Boston
  • Independence Wharf
  • International Place
  • Boston Harbor Island Welcome Center
  • Seaport Common
  • Courthouse Square
  • Seaport Place
  • Boston Public Market
  • Fan Pier
  • Battery Wharf Hotel

Click here to download a PDF version of our stroll map: Map 2018

Free Public Programming

Harborwalk Walking Tour – Friends of the Boston Harborwalk
When: December 31, 1pm – 2pm
Where: Meet at Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center on Greenway
Register here.

Vintage Harbor Map Tour – Boston Harbor Hotel
When: December 31, 11am-12pm
Where: Boston Harbor Hotel Magellan Map Room
Register here.

First Day Hike, Carson Beach – Department of Conservation and Recreation
When: December 31, 11am-12pm
Where: Boston Harbor Hotel Magellan Map Room
Register here.

New Years Day Boat Trip to Thompson Island – Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands
When: December 31, 11am-12pm
Where: Boston Harbor Hotel Magellan Map Room
Register here.

More coming soon!

New Year’s Eve Midnight Harbor Fireworks

Boston Harbor Now, in partnership with the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, the Wharf District Council and the City of Boston, is proud to announce the return of New Year’s Eve Midnight Harbor Fireworks for 2018. Ring in the new year with a brilliant display from two barges center between Long Wharf and Fan Pier. Ideal viewing locations are from Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, Fan Pier in the Seaport District, and from Piers Park in East Boston.

When: December 31, 11:59pm
Where: Boston Harbor with suggested viewing locations at Christopher Columbus Park, Fan Pier, and Piers Park



New Year’s Eve Evening Events

POP, FIZZ, CLINK Extravaganza at InterContinental® Boston
Sponsored by GH Mumm Champagne and Absolut Elyx
When: December 31, 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Where Miel Brasserie Provencale, InterContinental® Boston
Register: 617-217-5041 or kaydria.pownal@ihg.com

New Year’s Eve Cruise – Classic Harbor Line
When: December 31, 3hrs
Where: Departs from Rowes Wharf
Register: https://www.boston-sailing.com/browse-by-theme/new-years-eve-cruise/

More coming soon!


Enter to win a Staycation Giveaway prize package valued at over $1000 by visiting the waterfront this New Year’s Eve. Prize include an overnight stay at a luxury hotel property, meal vouchers to area restaurant, a winter cruise and other exciting local experiences.

Staycation Prizes:

  1. Overnight stay for 2 and breakfast at the luxurious Boston Harbor Hotel
  2. $150 Gift Certificate to Ocean Prime
  3. 2 Winter Wander Cruise and Peddocks Island Tickets
  4. 2 Boston Ballet Tickets
  5. Seaport Gift Pack that includes:
    – Seaport Blanket
    – Seaport Notebook
    – Seaport Water Bottle
    – Seaport External Phone Charger
    – Soul Cycle Class (complimentary)
    – Tuscan Kitchen Gift Certificate ($25)
    – Gather + Brew Giftcard ($10)
    – Kings Giftcard ($10)
    – Ben & Jerry Small Cone Card
    – Caffe Nero Complimentary Coffee (Quantity 2)
    – Capital One Café Coffee (Quantity 2)

To Enter:

  1. Post a photo of yourself with any participating Waterfront Ice Sculpture Stroll ice sculptures OR Harbor midnight fireworks.
  2. Tag @BostonHarborNow in that photo on social media (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram).
  3. Multiple entries are welcomed


  • Register via this eventbrite page and be automatically entered into the raffle drawing for the Staycation Giveaway prize package.
  • One entry per Eventbrite account will qualify.

Eventbrite - New Year's Eve Midnight Harbor Fireworks and Public Programs
Random drawing for the winner will be done from all qualified entries on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.



Boston Harbor Now is proud to have partnered with over a dozen waterfront organizations, businesses, and entities to bring this beloved tradition back this season. We wish to thank these partners for their contribution and support:

City of Boston
Friends of Christopher Columbus Park
Wharf District Council
First Night Boston/Conventures
Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park
Battery Wharf Hotel
Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston Public Market
Envoy Hotel
Fan Pier, The Fallon Company
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Friends of Fort Point Channel
Independence Wharf, Cushman & Wakefield
InterContinental Boston
International Place, the Chiofaro Company
New England Aquarium
Ocean Prime
Seaport Place
Tango Seaport
WS Development